Colds, flu, strep throat; those are some of the illnesses that usually plague us around the holidays. I have often said it wouldn’t be Christmas without at least one kid (or me) having a sinus infection. There’s nothing that kills the holiday spirit faster for me than being ill. Over the years I have discovered having my own Cold and Flu relief pack is better than spending hours trying to find all the items I need at the stores during the hectic holiday season. I keep these items on hand for the duration of cold and flu season. Want to make your own cold and flu relief pack to keep the kids happy and hopefully relieve some of the aches and pains?
1. Food Items. It is no secret the reason chicken noodle soup has been recommended for a cold for years. The hot liquid helps thin mucus, allowing easier breathing. My kids aren’t big chicken noodle soup fans, so I keep a few cans of soup they like, along with packets of hot tea and hot cocoa. For the sore throat that often accompanies the cold, I have cough drops, peppermint mints or candy canes and popsicles. My kids can quickly become dehydrated so I have a sports drink on hand
2. Special Items. It is easy to be bored when in bed. I keep a special movie, blanket, book and other items for use only when we are sick. I have a magazine on hand for myself to read when I have a migraine that leaves me lying flat on my back, not moving, if I ever feel like I can read it.
3. An Ear Thermometer. What did we do before they made these? It makes reading their temperatures so much easier.
4. Various medications like pain & fever reducer, cough syrup and Mucinex because whenever I take the kids to the doctor he usually says, “It’s a virus that has to run its course, use these medicines,” or “It’s a sinus infection. Use this prescription with these medicines. (I suggest asking your doctor which medicines will work for your family and keep those on hand so you don’t have to make a midnight dash to the store.)
If you want to prepare a cold and flu kit for your family, I have found a $2 dollar coupon for Children’s Mucinex. You can learn more about them on Facebook.
What items do you include when you are trying to fight the flu?